Posted by Simon Harris on February 19th, 2012
Apologies for the tardy blog post here, poor old Beelzebub always seems to be the first to be neglected when things get hectic.
Thankfully, at least, after a run of really quite tough Beelzebub puzzles, this one seemed relatively tractable. I think I finished most of it unaided, finally checking a small handful in Chambers just to be sure. That said, 1dn and 15dn elude my attempts to explain them tonight.
The amount of scribbles on my copy of the puzzle suggest several nice long anagrams, which took a fair bit of working out!
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||SCANDALISING – SCAN + DALI + SING.|
|10||CLOSE-STOOL – C[arpenter] + LOSES TOOL.|
|11||UREA – U + REA[d].|
|12||STINGO – NITS< + GO.|
|14||BOTANIST – (AN + IS) in BOTT. I think this must be a reference to Joseph Banks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other botanists of note with that name.|
|16||ISOPRENE – R in (IS + OPEN + E[nergy]).|
|18||LOCOED – L + O’ + CO-ED.|
|19||EVET – E + VET.|
|20||EGOS – E.G. + (S[h]O[w])<.|
|22||GARETH – G + ARETH, which is from EARTH, “initially shifted”.|
|24||FROTTEUR – FR + OTT + RUE<.|
|26||SUBDUALS – (B + DUAL) in SUS.|
|28||EMU-BOB – E + (BO + BUM)<.|
|29||SPIT – SP[l]IT.|
|30||LANIGEROUS – (EG ON URINALS)*. One of those long anagrams I mentioned.|
|31||DOATING-PIECE – (A NICE PET DOG I)*. And another!|
|1||STUBBLE FIELD – sadly, I’ve no idea how I got to this one:
Temporary feature of farm – remnant mostly abandoned in Scot’s protection.
|2||CHRONOGRAM – CH + R + ON + 0 + GRAM.|
|3||ACETIC – A[s]CETIC.|
|4||DOWNIEST – DOWN + SITE*.|
|5||ASTI – [p]ASTI[s]. Really had to think about this one!|
|6||LESSON – LESS ON. A nice one, too.|
|7||STIRRERS – STIR + R[ile] E[ven] R[eliable] S[taff].|
|8||IONA – I + ON A. Probably a reference to Chris Blackwell’s legendary record label, home to some of my favourite recordings of the last few decades.|
|9||GLOBE THISTLE – (IN THE LI[t]TLE BOGS)*.|
|13||GENETHLIAC – (THE ANGELIC)*.|
|15||POST-OBIT – another one that has me stumped tonight:
Cohabitee raised apocryphal story after death.
|17||PEAR DROP – READ* in PROP.|
|21||REUBEN – (BEEN + UR)*.|
|23||ELAPSE – PALE< + S.E.|
|25||TUNA – TUN + A[dage].|
|27||BURG – R in BUG.|